Eight Things Meme

Alonzo tagged me a few days ago with the Eight Things meme, and since I haven’t been tagged in a while, I figured I’d play along. First, there are apparently some rules:

1. We have to post these rules before we give you the facts.
2. Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
3. People who are tagged write their own blog post about their eight things and include these rules.
4. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged and that they should read your blog.

Eight Facts about Me:
1. The first movie I saw in a movie theater was The Muppet Movie. I vividly remember that it was an afternoon matinee and that I was fascinated by the crowd of people at the theater. I also remember being blown away by the scene where the projector appears to malfunction.
2. The first movie I videotaped off of network television was The Karate Kid. My sister and I must have re-watched that movie well over 20 times, which is by far, the most times I’ve seen any single movie. I’m not proud of this fact. Let’s move on.
3. When I was finishing my PhD in 2001-2, I inherited my aunt’s 1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass Sierra. The car, which was approximately 18 years old, had less than 65,000 miles on it. During the two years I owned the car, I probably still drove the car less often than my aunt would have.
4. I’ve been digging the band Pela this summer. Before that it was Ted Leo & the Pharmacists and Wilco. But most of the time I listen to KEXP Seattle.  Oh, and I’m also digging Beirut’s “Elephant Gun.” Just a great song.
5. When I was getting my MA in the mid-1990s, I briefly lived next door to the professional wrestler and model Sable (I was completely oblivious about this information for several years until I saw her picture in the paper). Her 5-year old daughter once saw me carrying a copy of Absalom, Absalom! and asked me to read it to her. I wasn’t sure how she’d respond to Faulkner’s prose, so I tried summarizing the novel to her instead.
6. A friend and I have been toying with the idea of making a documentary about Fayetteville, but I have no idea when we would have time to make it.
7. Every time I board an airplane, I think of the final scene from Kieslowski’s Red, when Valentine (Irene Jacob) boards the ferry to cross the English Channel. Surprisingly, I find this scene very comforting.
8. My taste for black coffee is well-documented. Less widely known: I rarely, if ever, drank coffee before I was in my mid-twenties. My first memory of drinking coffee is in grad school, and the guy who made it for me put salt in it instead of sugar, and I didn’t drink coffee after that for nearly a year.

I’m supposed to tag eight people now, so a few people in random order: Chris, Heidi, Tama, Jason J, George, Film Snob, Dylan, and Jason M.


  1. Eight Things About Me (A Meme) : Tama Leaver dot Net Said,

    July 10, 2007 @ 9:56 pm

    […] tagged me a few days ago with the Eight Things meme; although I’m generally fairly anti-meme, […]

  2. Tama Said,

    July 10, 2007 @ 10:11 pm

    *ahem* Ping.

  3. Chuck Said,

    July 10, 2007 @ 10:13 pm

    Thanks, Tama. I’m not a huge fan of memes myself, but glad that you participated.

  4. filmsnob Said,

    July 11, 2007 @ 11:21 pm

    Hey chuck,

    I also spent way too much time doing the Meme thing…and I have to be up in 6 hours!! oy..!

  5. Eight Things - Movie reviews - Spout Said,

    July 13, 2007 @ 3:07 pm

    […] tagged by FilmSnob to participate in the Eight Things meme that’s been going around. All the cool kids are doing it, and it’s Friday, so why the hell not? But in the interest of keeping things around […]

  6. The Chutry Experiment » Lazy Tuesday Links Said,

    October 9, 2007 @ 10:53 am

    […] Smith himself plans to direct.  I will not see this movie, but I really do wish they’d leave my video-inflected teenage memories […]

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